The Joinery Store Bespoke Kitchens & Joinery In Young NSW Mon, 13 Jan 2020 05:29:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Joinery Store 32 32 Stone Benchtop Care Mon, 13 Jan 2020 05:29:06 +0000 The post Stone Benchtop Care appeared first on The Joinery Store.


Stone benchtop Care Tips

Stone is a popular choice for kitchen benchtops. However, stone benchtop care is something a lot of people neglect. Many assume it is indestructable. Let’s take a look at how to properley care for your stone benchtop.


Scratches and Chipping

Despite common belief, stone benchtops can and do scratch and chip. The best way to avoid this is to use surface protectors. Things such as chopping boards and coasters will help to preserve your stone benchtop. 

Some damages can be repaired. For instance, a stone mason can often fill a chip in a similar colour. However, prevention will always been the best option.



Stains are another thing that can be often overlooked. Whilst some stones are quite resilient to staining, others can be very porous. For example, many man-made stones are notable stain resistant. Many natural stones however, may stain very easily. Regardless of the type of stone you have, be sure to wipe up any spills immediately to prevent staining.


Heat and Temperature

Another misconception is that you can place hot pans onto stone benchtops. This is a big no-no in many cases for stone benchtop care. You see, many man-made stones can discolour or crack when extreme heat is suddenly applied. Natural stones are similar and stones such as granite are quite prone to cracking.



Stone benchtop care is generally simple. Cleaning a stone surface normally requires only a mild detergent or simply a damp cloth. You certainly should not use any harsh chemicals. Things like hydrofluoric acid, bleach or thinners can damage a stone benchtop. This damage may be non-reversible.

For an even better clean, you can purchase special cleaning products such as ‘Q Action’ from Cosentino.



So these are just a few things to consider when caring for stone benchtops. Stone benchtop care isn’t difficult but you should be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions. For Silestone you can check out the care and maintenance page here. Or For Caesarstone, click here.

For further assistance or to suggest an edit, please contact us.


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Trend Predictions for 2020 Thu, 09 Jan 2020 04:03:08 +0000 The post Trend Predictions for 2020 appeared first on The Joinery Store.


Traditional Design Re-imagined

First off in our trend predictions for 2020 is traditional design reimagined. Demand for joinery and cabinetry imitating traditional furnishings has been steadily growing for some time now. We expect this to continue through 2020. Things like decorative panels and timber mouldings will continue to enhance interior spaces. Solid hand-crafted cabinetry and furnishing will continue to rise compared to standard modular systems.

Reclaimed Materials

Another growing trend has been the use of reclaimed materials. Flooring made from reclaimed timber sourced from barns and wine barrels. Benchtops made from flooring sourced from old homes. The charm of reclaimed materials is far reaching and so we expect to see a continual call for these materials in 2020.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is something we regard highly. It is also something that as been a growing concern among consumers. In 2020 we expect this trend to continue as people look to reduce heating and cooling costs.


Sustainability is another concept which has been gaining traction. The idea of using renewable materials where possible. This is a very considerate and important action for the sake of the earth. As so, we expect to see this booming in 2020.

Smart Technology Trends

Just because there is a call for traditional stylings and environmentally friendly materials options, doesn’t mean we won’t continue to see new technology.
Smart fridges, ovens and voice assistants are all things we expect to see growing in popularity in 2020. Along with advances in material technologies such as finger proof surfaces.

Harmonious living

Bring the outside, inside! In 2020 we predict an increase in indoor-outdoor-harmony. This will include the presence of more plants inside. Similarly, alfresco dining will increase in popularity as people seek to enjoy natures elements.


These were just a few concepts we expect will flourish in 2020. If you’d like assistance with your project or to suggest an edit, contact us.

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2019 Highlights Mon, 09 Dec 2019 02:44:44 +0000 The post 2019 Highlights appeared first on The Joinery Store.


2019 Highlights

Another year has just about come and gone. With 2020 just around the corner, we are preparing for our annual Christmas closure. The Joinery Store will be closed from 4pm 20/12/2019 until 8am 6/01/2020.

Whilst we prepare ourselves for a well deserved break, let’s take a look back on some highlights from the past year.


Launch of our Official Blog

August 2019 saw the launch of our official blog. Previously our beautiful web site had sat dormant for some time in need of fresh content. Along with many other things, we began to post regular blog entries covering interesting and relevant topics.


Accoya Residential Joinery of the year Award 2019

Another very exciting highlight from 2019 was the Accoya Residential Joinery of the Year Award. This was awarded to a project of our which was entered by Mathews Timbers. Mathews Timbers then kindly posted us the award to display in our show room.


Growth of our Showroom

Throughout 2019 we were also able to open our new showroom completing a few display items. This included a Danish Island, some Kitchen and office cabinetry as well as appliances from Winning Appliances.


Growth of our Team

Another welcomed addition to The Joinery Store was Adult Apprentice, Russell. Russell joined our cabinetry team later in the year helping to increase our production output.


See you in 2020!

With all that said and done, 2019 has been a great year. We cannot wait to see you when we return in 2020. If you have any questions or wish to suggest an edit, contact us.


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Sustainability Sun, 24 Nov 2019 22:20:10 +0000 The post Sustainability appeared first on The Joinery Store.


What is Sustainability?

This is the concept of how a system functions and sustains itself. It applies to society, the economy and the environment. In this article we are focusing on the sustainability of our planet and the environment.

Is our planet sustainable?

Is Earth, in it’s current state, sustainable? That’s debatable. We are not to say that it isn’t, but we should be cautious of the strain we put on our planet. There are limited resources and there is a growing population. It is up to us at present to ensure a bright future for our children so we should be mindful of what we take from our planet.

What does Sustainability mean for Joinery?

When choosing materials for producing our joinery, we need to be mindful of how it is sourced. For example, when sourcing timbers we should aim to utilize those from renewable plantations. These timbers are from trees grown for the purpose of harvesting timber. They are then replanted. Thus we do not reduce the planets natural flora. We in fact contribute more flora to the environment which improves air quality.

What does Sustainability mean for Australian Homes?

We can play our part by ensuring our homes are energy efficient. Highly insulative products such as accoya wood and double glazing can help to reduce energy consumption by reducing heating and cooling demands. You can further improve how sustainable your home is by recycling grey water, collecting rain water and planting more plants around your house. Alternative energy sources such as solar panels can also help. Using reusable drink bottles, food containers etc will also reduce your carbon footprint.


So there you have it. Sustainability in a nutshell and some simple considerations for you to contribute to our planet’s sustainability. If you would like more info or to suggest an edit, contact us.



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Canberra Joinery Mon, 18 Nov 2019 01:23:17 +0000 The post Canberra Joinery appeared first on The Joinery Store.


Canberra Joinery


Canberra, the capital city of Australia. Known for it’s bushland, multiculturalism and it’s unique urban structure. Like any city, Canberra has it’s own conditions to consider when designing joinery for your home. Let’s dive into a few factors on the Canberran market and how they affect joinery in Canberra.

Bushfire Risks

We’ve all seen the news lately. Bushfires are wreaking havoc around the country. The ACT just like NSW, QLD & Victoria is on alert given the high fire danger. This is an ageless problem in Australia and so we all need to be vigilant.
One very important factor is determining the bushfire risk to your home and the BAL rating which applies. Each BAL (Bushfire Attack Level) has different requirements as to how joinery can be made. Higher rated areas require joinery manufactured from a few strict materials. Hardwoods such as black butt for example are suitable at higher BAL ratings than softwoods.


Canberra is known for it’s architecture. From the cities’ design by Walter Burley Griffin to it’s modern suburban house fronts. As so, Canberrans need flexible supply of joinery to suit each unique application.
From sleek modern joinery to traditional detailed joinery, each piece must complement the building. The finishes, colours and textures all play an important role in the overall aesthetic.

Ecological effect

Another concern for Canberrans is how they affect the ecosystem. One way Canberrans are minimizing their carbon footprint is by using ecologically friendly joinery. Certain joinery items can have a carbon neutral effect. This is where they save more carbon emission in their life time than was ever used to produce them. An example would be certain double-glazed windows which save drastically on heating and cooling of the home.


Canberra has a strong focus on culture, architecture and the environment. Canberrans are conscious of their actions. They understand how the decisions they make may affect the planet. They also pride themselves in their fine architecture and attention to detail. Consequently, their joinery reflects their personality. If you need help with your joinery in Canberra, contact us now for a quote.

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Scandinavian Kitchens Mon, 04 Nov 2019 21:55:38 +0000 The post Scandinavian Kitchens appeared first on The Joinery Store.


Introduction to Scandinavian Kitchens

Scandinavian Kitchens. Tidy. Functional. Timeless. The Scandinavian Kitchen is a favourite amongst many. Let’s take a look at some of the features and find out why!


Scandinavian kitchens are renowned for their use of neutral and natural colour tones. Shades of grey, white and black create a timeless and tasteful aesthetic. The presence of timbers and stone give the space a natural charisma. Other colours may be present but usually not in an overabundance.

Timber and stone benchtops are popular in Scandinavian kitchens. These benchtops play a big part in the appearance of the kitchen but also in the functionality. Timber can create a warm-to-the-touch surface whilst stone results in a hard-wearing surface. A Scandinavian Kitchen may also include both stone and timber benchtops.


Profiled or plain. Timber, Painted, Vinyl or Melamine. Many door options can fit the scheme. It all comes down to how it fits with the rest of the design and the colours applied. You can use plain panelled push-to-open fronts for a sleek finish. Alternatively, shaker style doors with rustic handles are also fitting of the style.


Quality European hardware is a given. In the modern day, German hinges, drawer runners and so on are the norm. Scandinavian kitchens do not compromise when it comes to quality hardware. You may also expect to see a large range of hardware finishes and styles. From black modern D handles to aged brass pulls.

History & Conclusion

Scandinavian design started to emerge around the end of the 19th century and fully blossomed during the 20th century. Today it is one of the most well-known design styles. From small apartments, to family homes and even commercial spaces, Scandinavian design is everywhere.
So why not take a look at some Scandinavian Kitchens for inspiration and see if it will work for you?
If you’d like help with your Scandinavian design, contact us!
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For more of my blog posts, visit The Kitchen Man Blog!


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Accoya Award, Residential Joinery of the Year 2019 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 04:54:33 +0000 The post Accoya Award, Residential Joinery of the Year 2019 appeared first on The Joinery Store.


Accoya Award? We have some great news!

Recently one of our projects was awarded with the Accoya residential joinery of the year award for 2019! We are very pleased with this outcome and excited to have our work recognised.

Thank you to our friends at Mathews Timber for submitting this entry and to Accoya for recognising our work. We look forward to sharing our future projects with you.

If you are interested in using Accoya on your next project, contact us. 


Using Accoya we can manufacture: Kitchens, Windows, Doors, Flooring, Mouldings & more!

We also can pre-finish or fully-finish our joinery in our shop using Teknos coatings.



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Smart Homes Sun, 20 Oct 2019 22:57:44 +0000 The post Smart Homes appeared first on The Joinery Store.


Introduction to Smart Homes

It’s 2019 and technology has drastically affected the way we lead our day to day lives. From our vehicles and gadgets to supermarkets and even our homes. Some technologies are focused on convenience. Others are for leisure and some are to assist the disabled. In this article we will explore technologies that can turn your home into a smart home.


The Kitchen is the central hub of the modern home. This is no different in smart homes, only better. From wireless phone chargers installed in benchtops to moving cabinets, the possibilities are endless. Electronic touch-to-open systems make handles a thing of the past. Concealed wireless chargers allow you to charge your device whilst you cook, clean or eat. Furthermore, moving cabinets can lower into positions accessible to those confined to wheelchairs.


Another room frequented in any home is the bathroom. For some the bathroom is simple, you wash there and leave. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Your bathroom can also be a hub for innovative technology in your home. .

Ambient lighting with motion sensors can light the floor during the night. This allows you to navigate through the bathroom without turning on the ceiling light. Blue Tooth sound systems in showers are another rising trend. And even more exciting is the emergence of smart mirrors such as the Savvy Smart Mirror. Basically a vanity mirror and wall-mounted tablet, in one! .


Perhaps some of us spend too much time in the bedroom as it is. However, if you want to spend even more time in your bedroom, why not incorporate some smart technology! Like waking up to the gradual emergence of sunlight? Then smart blinds may be just what you need. Alarm clock need updating? With a smart alarm clock you can listen to music on the internet, make calls and even control your TV. .


The laundry is not to be neglected. With electric ironing boards, Smart Irons & heating drying cabinets, You can transform your laundry to work for you. .

Living Room

Living rooms are another social hub of the home. Here we can find Smart TVs, Personal Assistants & Smart power sockets. With voice control, you can control the whole entertainment system, heating & cooling and lighting in your living room! .


Conclusion & Honourable mentions


We’ve only touched on the possibilities available with smart technology. As you can see future of Australian homes is Smart Homes. Contact Us for assistance with incorporating smart technology into your interior spaces. .

Some honourable mentions for smart technology are:

Samsung Smart Fridge

Google Voice Assistant

Philips Hue Smart Lightbulb

August Smart Lock Pro

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BAL – Understanding BAL Ratings Fri, 11 Oct 2019 00:53:22 +0000 The post BAL – Understanding BAL Ratings appeared first on The Joinery Store.


What are Bal Ratings?

The BAL rating or ‘Bushfire Attack Level’ is a measurement of the risk of a building being exposed to radiant heat, ember attack or direct flames. And so these ratings are applied to homes based on how bushfire prone they are. There are different requirements for the construction of a building based on the allocated rating. In this article we will look at these Ratings, what they mean and how they affect the construction of your home. I will also provide some links for further reading and to helpful online tools.

Am I in a bushfire zone?

When planning a build you may want to consider the risk of a bushfire affecting the location. Are you centred in a suburban sprawl or on the edge of a forest? Online tools can assist you in determining your risk. See a couple linked below. If in doubt, consider ringing your local shire council or fire command.

Complying with Bal Ratings

Bal Ratings range from Bal Low (Low Risk) to Bal FZ (Extreme Risk, Flame Zone). In the case that flammable vegetation is more than 100M from your building, you will likely achieve a Bal Low. However, In a location surrounding by forest where flame may directly come in contact with your building, you may achieve a Bal FZ.

For this reason, there are requirements for buildings based on the rating allocated. This includes construction methods, materials used and services in place. For example, In higher rated areas there are limits to what timber species may be used to construct doors and windows.

Having a Bushfire Survival Plan

Regardless of your building’s rating, it is always wise to have a Bushfire Survival Plan. You should discuss with your house hold on what to do in case of a bushfire, or any other fire such as a house fire. Things such as exit points, an assembly point, fire-fighting tools etc should be outlined. I have provided a link below to the RFS website which provides some great info on constructing a Bush Fire Survival Plan. You may also visit your local fire station for further assistance.


As you can see, it is important to comply with these ratings and always be prepared for the risk of a bush fire. At The Joinery Store in Young, we can provide custom made windows and doors to comply with these ratings. Please feel free to contact us for more info.

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Aluminium Windows Vs Timber Windows Tue, 08 Oct 2019 03:02:18 +0000 The post Aluminium Windows Vs Timber Windows appeared first on The Joinery Store.


Timber Windows Vs Aluminium

So you’re looking to install new windows and you don’t know whether you want timber or aluminium frames. You ask your friends and colleagues only to receive varied opinions with no supporting reasons. Do not despair, in this article we are going to look at the advantages of timber windows over aluminium windows.

Energy Efficiency

First up is energy efficiency. Timber insulates by nature due to the small air pockets contained within it’s structure. On the other hand, aluminium is thermally conductive making it an inferior insulator to timber.
The importance of insulation comes back to the heating and cooling of your home. If your home is poorly insulated, more energy is consumed to heat or cool your home. But in a well-insulated home, a comfortable temperature is easier to maintain.

Environmental Impact

So we all realize that energy consumption has an environmental impact. But what about the manufacturing of your windows?
Timber windows made from sustainably farmed timbers come from renewable sources. The trees also filter carbon dioxide from the atmosphere whilst they grow. Aluminium on the other hand is sourced from non-renewable materials. Furthermore, aluminium production results in the release of fully fluorinated compounds. These compounds are worse green house gases then carbon dioxide.

Cost, Long-Term vs Short-Term

An important concern for anyone is the cost of a product. Up front, aluminium windows may often be less expensive. Running your heating and cooling for years in a poorly insulated house won’t be cheap however. For this reason, it is easy to conceive how timber windows can actually work out cheaper in the long run.


If you are concerned about the environment, energy efficiency and long-term costs, timber windows might be for you. If however, you are only concerned about the initial up front costs, aluminium windows may be the cheaper option. 


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